Miss Poland Karolina Bielawska crowned the 70th Miss World: ‘I still can’t believe it’

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Miss Poland Karolina Bielawska crowned the 70th Miss World: ‘I still can’t believe it’

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Miss Poland Karolina Bielawska was crowned 70th Miss World in a ceremony that took place Wednesday night at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The finalists were Shree Saini from the United States and Olivia Yace from the Ivory Coast. The gala took place three months after the competition was delayed due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

“When I heard my name, I was surprised, I still can’t believe it, I feel honored,” exclaimed the 23-year-old model after being crowned by Jamaican Toni-Ann Singh, who won the 2019 edition. “I’m honored to wear the Miss World crown and can’t wait to get to work. “

Bielawska, who is studying for a masters degree in administration, said she wanted to “enrich people’s lives” during a series of questions.

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Miss Poland Karolina Bielawska (C) smiles after winning the 70th Miss World beauty pageant at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022.

Miss Poland Karolina Bielawska (C) smiles after winning the 70th Miss World beauty pageant at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022.
(Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO / AFP via Getty Images)

“If you want to discover something new, try to learn to be richer in empathy, gratitude and compassion,” he shared.

According to the competition, Bielawska’s “Beauty with a Purpose” project, or “Zupa Na Pietrynie”, aims to provide help to the homeless.

“Every Sunday they provide hot meals, food packages, drinks, clothes, masks, legal advice and professional medical support to nearly 300 people in need in Lodz,” he shared. “Many of these people did not have access to registration for a COVID-19 vaccine, but the project was able to obtain government clearance for over 400 people to receive vaccinations. The project also built the first bathroom. social for people in the homeless crisis in Lodz. “

Bielawska, who aims to earn her PhD, is also hoping to become a motivational speaker. To stay active, she enjoys swimming, scuba diving, tennis and badminton.

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Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh (2nd R) crowns Miss Poland Karolina Bielawska (C) after winning the 70th Miss World beauty pageant at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO / AFP via Getty Images)

Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh (2nd R) crowns Miss Poland Karolina Bielawska (C) after winning the 70th Miss World beauty pageant at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO / AFP via Getty Images)
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The Miss World show has been broadcast around the world in over 100 countries. Despite the glitz and glam of the ceremony, Ukraine’s conflict was also on the competitors’ minds.

“More than 120 nations will light a candle as a symbol of a United World calling for an end to this war and an end to the death and suffering it has inflicted on so many innocent people,” reads a statement from the organization. “More than 7,000 candles have been prepared for the Miss World final in what will be an exciting and spectacular finale to Support Day.”

Earlier this week, the organizers of Miss World released a video message from Oleksandra Kucherenko, Miss Ukraine from 2016. She urged countries around the world to “support us, close the sky above Ukraine and save the world ( from a) nuclear catastrophe “.

“Our peace is your peace,” he added.

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Current Miss Ukraine, Oleksandra Yaremchuk, is in Kiev, shared the organization. She did not qualify for the final.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with both of these brave young people, the Miss World National Organization and all the Ukrainian people,” the organization shared.

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